This kind 8-year-old paid off his friend’s school lunch debt after he was denied food

8-year-old Cayden's friend was denied a hot meal at school because of his school lunch debt, so little Cayden took matters into his own hands... You will have tears in your eyes when you see what happens next.


If you feel like you have lost your faith in humanity, fear not, because eight-year-old Cayden Taipalus is here to restore it.

When this young man noticed that one of his friends was denied a warm meal at school, he decided to take matters in his own hands.

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Namely, one day, at the Challenger Elementary in Howell, Michigan, Cayden saw his friend being handed a sandwich instead of a hot meal due to insufficient funds in his lunch account. This broke his heart, and he knew he needed to make a difference.

Once home, Cayden was quick to share what he saw with his mother, telling her that the entire situation made him feel sort of sad. His mom, Amber Melke-Peters, agreed that they needed to do something in order to prevent things like that taking place in the future so the two came up with the idea of founding a fundraising webpage called: “Pay It Forward: No Kid Goes Hungry.”

Cayden sought help from friends, family, and neighbors, requesting donations to pay off his friends’ lunch debts. However, his initiative went beyond money as his story spread around inspiring many.

He even started a recycling campaign to raise funds independently and approached the school’s lunch staff with the request that these funds be directed to the accounts of students experiencing financial difficulties.

Since the start of Cayden’s initiative over $41,000 have been raised, enabling him to provide lunches for plenty of struggling students.

Cayden’s ultimate goal is that no child goes without receiving a hot meal during a school day.

Speaking to ABC News, his mother said, “I am so very proud of my son. He is only 8 years old, and to grasp the concept around this is just amazing in my eyes. He has a heart of gold.”

The stirring sensation in Cayden’s stomach evolved into a project with the capacity to ensure that plenty of children receive hot meals during lunchtime.

He was praised by many and inspired many to contribute to his initiative.

“We contributed to this and think it is a wonderful project you chose to do. I hope that someone has nominated your project to the Make a Difference program. Cayden, you have truly made a difference,” a person wrote, and added: “You have done a wonderful job of helping a lot of kids. You wouldn’t think in a land of plenty that there would be hungry kids, but the reality is, for many children, what they get to eat at school may be their only meal of the day. It is heartbreaking. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and this is a way of us helping to raise a few kids, and let them keep their dignity.”

Yan Krukau

Cayden’s story is yet another reminder that nothing is impossible, all it takes is will and determination.

It is because of people like this sweet boy with a heart of gold that this world is a better place.

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